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When Felita joined the Community Employment Services program in 1989, her goal was simple – she wanted to find a job. With help from one of our employment specialists, she found a full-time job that fit her skills and her interests. Her hard work and ability turned that job into a career.

While the average employee stays in her role just over 4 years, Felita has been a Dietary Assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 29 years. Over her almost three decades as part of the St. Joseph’s Dietary Department team, she’s become an integral part of the department.

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Coastal Center Empowers

Innovative programs lead the way to inclusion and independence Since 1951, Coastal Center for Developmental Services has been an organization whose purpose is to empower people with developmental disabilities to live the fullest life possible through advocacy,...

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A Path to Success

Shyeeta set her mind on finding a job. Her recent birthday cruise with her brother had whet her appetite for independence, and she was determined to make her dream of living independently one day a reality. To do that, she knew she had to start by earning her own...

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Rise and Shine

Landing a job is a daunting task, but what if the deck was stacked against you from the start? Nation-wide, the rate of unemployment among people with disabilities – a staggering 10.6% in 2016 – is more than double the rate for people with no disability. Shane Johnson...

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The Value of Day Habilitation

Caring for an adult with developmental disabilities may present added challenges when multiple disabilities are involved and as the individual ages. As these adults need greater assistance performing daily self-care activities, family members and caregivers may...

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Project SEARCH Prepares Students for Success

Central Supply in a hospital is a daunting place.  It’s where all of the medical supplies are kept, in an impeccably organized labyrinth of shelves, boxes, and packages. Ro, a newly-hired high school student, had been training for weeks in Central Supply, and her boss...

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The Future of Community Employment

Always a leader in the region, Coastal Center for Developmental Services began to embrace the supported employment concept in the 1980s, years before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibited discrimination in employment, public services, and...

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